Knitwear Design 101: Drop repeats and surface pattern design

The drop repeat is the most widely used method of tessellation symmetry in knitting and crochet. It can occur along a vertical axis – when most textile books will refer to it as a ‘drop’ repeat – or a horizontal axis, when it can also be referred to as a brick repeat.

Programmes and Patterns: Or, What Bugs Us About Knitting

“It’s like code!” is a phrase I’ve heard several times over the years when teaching people how to knit and crochet.  If the physical execution is muscle memory, then the pattern itself is a programme or choreography.  Another choice word, also gifted by new knitters, is “recipe”, which – although etymologically unconnected to the word…

Knitwear Design 101: Introduction to Surface Pattern

“Pattern” is a loaded, confusing word.  It can serve as a model or aspirational figure – “If you follow the pattern, you’ll get a sweater like the one in the photo” – or, more likely in that situation, a recipe.  Instructions are received and, like cooking, they are used as a base for creation, with…